Last name changing if the father is not present

Kandice - posted on 08/08/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter will 3 in just a few days... And I'd like to change her last name because her dad was only in her life for 3months and that was the first 3 months of her life . she is now about to be 3, and I want to change her name... How hard would it be? Do I need his consent?

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Kandice - posted on 08/08/2014

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Thank you for the advice.. And her father and I have never been married.. He was just at the hospital and did sign her birth certificate.. I can start with vital records thank you so much.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/08/2014

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You need to contact the department of Vital Records in your state. A name change is a legal process that must be completed through the court system (if you reside in the States).

The process usually lasts about 6 weeks, involves a publicized petition to the courts and the opportunity for responses. Once the petition period passes, a judge will review any responses and make their decision. An absent biological parent will be given the opportunity to respond, and if they wish, protest. I assume that, at that time (if a protest is lodged), a court session with the petitioning party and the protesting party would be scheduled.

We had to do this for my son. Even though his father and I were married at his birth, and we are still married, when we discovered a discrepancy in his BC, we had to petition the courts for a name change on his behalf.

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